APEX 2013: LiveTV receives Ka-band STC for Airbus 320

LiveTV has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA for its Ka-band satellite-based inflight connectivity and streaming entertainment solution on the Airbus A320.

This paves the way for its next-generation commercial inflight broadband. LiveTV provides the system design, certification, installation and turnkey support services, including line maintenance, to airline customers and expects to roll out the product on three additional aircraft types by the end of the year.

The Ka-band service will be provided by ViaSat's Exede Internet service through its ViaSat-1, claimed to be the world’s highest capacity communications satellite.

ViaSat says its Exede In The Air service is "designed to improve in-flight broadband service by providing enough bandwidth for every passenger on the plane to enjoy high-speed Internet".

Glenn Latta, president of LiveTV, said: "This is a major milestone for LiveTV. Thirteen years ago we revolutionised the inflight entertainment experience with the launch of live television, which is now seen on more than 80,000 LiveTV-powered screens throughout the world.

"Now, with our inflight connectivity at speeds you expect on the ground, the onboard experience in North America and Europe takes another major leap forward. I would like to thank our partners ViaSat, General Dynamics, and Sapient for working with us to make At Home in the Air connectivity a reality."

Robin Hayes, chief commercial officer for JetBlue, said: "This is game-changing technology, and JetBlue is honoured to be the first airline to offer this great new service to our customers. We expect to have a number of JetBlue aircraft installed with Wi-Fi by the end of this year, and will aggressively roll it out across our Airbus fleet over the next 18 months, followed by our Embraer fleet.

"We believe this product will redefine customer expectations with the fastest in-flight Wi-Fi in the industry. This is especially important to our customers on coast-to-coast flights, where time spent in the air can now be as productive as on the ground."

Steve Nichols, Inflight / Inflight-Online.com
Anaheim, CA, USA

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